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Old 12-11-2007, 07:32 PM
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This may come across as a dumb question but how painful is wakeboarding? I am 37 and in decent shape. Will probably be purchasing my first wakeboard after the first of the year and "ease" my way into it. Are the falls painful, is it something that I could really get hurt doing? Can't afford to miss work etc. I've read many posts here and on wakeworld and can't get a real feel for the "pain factor"....

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Old 12-11-2007, 07:36 PM
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Not as bad as skiing!! You're only going 23-24 mph, and you pick your own difficulty and risk! If you go big and fall, sure it'll hurt a bit more, but wake2wake isn't that huge! My dad's in his mid fourties, and has no problem! The sore factor sucks, but doesn't it with any sport?? My back always winds up sore, and my arms, but I'm not in prime shape, so that explains it!! try it once and you'll be hooked, and there aren't any real career ending injuries unless you hit your face trying to make a rail, or don't let go of the handle, you could pull your shoulder out, or if you tweak it on your fall, tear your ACL, nothing past a regular sport though!!
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Old 12-11-2007, 07:37 PM
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I am soon to be 35 and gonna start wakeboarding pretty hard this summer!!! I am in the same boat as you. I am in the military so an injury is maybe career threatening but i think that falls should not be much worse if as bad as slalom falls!!!

My only precaution, and this has been well dispuited here, is i am gonna wear a helmet with ear protection! I really can't afford to blow out an eardrum!!

I may be wrong!!! (ask my wife)
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Old 12-11-2007, 07:50 PM
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44 and ruptured the eardrum....HURT LIKE $#@%.
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Old 12-11-2007, 07:58 PM
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wakeboarding can be real fun if your just out there to mess around. thats basically what i do...as long as there isnt beer involved it doesnt tend to be as painful from my experience
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Old 12-11-2007, 07:59 PM
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I'm the odd man out on this one.

In my case I have had worse falls wakeboarding than footing. If I fall footing I slide across the water, if I fall wakeboarding its like I got an anchor tied to my feet.
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Old 12-11-2007, 08:05 PM
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I've been slalom skiing for 35 years, wakeboarding for about 3 years. I've never even thought about wearing a helmet while slalom skiing, but most people I wakeboard with wear helmets.

I feel you can get hurt easier wakeboarding than slalom skiing. The speed is slower, but the falls come quick! Sort of a mousetrap effect if you catch an edge.

Just this year some of my riding friends have had the following injuries:

-Dislocated foot
-Bruised ribs
-Blown eardrum
-Broken leg (just above ankle, required surgery,metal plate installed)

Not trying to scare you (ok, maybe a little)
Just don't ride beyond your comfort zone, and you'll be fine.
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I guess it's extreme sport, of course there are risks, but good advice, don't ride out of your comfort zone! given your age, I'm guessing you won't be goin to big!!
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sounds like wakesurfing would be the best bet. but wakeboarding is well worth the pain.
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I guess it's extreme sport, of course there are risks, but good advice, don't ride out of your comfort zone! given your age, I'm guessing you won't be goin to big!!
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